Two days after being criticized by his coach, Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III became the latest player to get on the NFL's hottest trend, repeating the same phrase over as many times as possible at a press conference.
The embattled quarterback's refrain of choice on Wednesday was that he and the team were "focused on San Francisco," which he managed to repeat nine times in the seven-minute press conference, according to For The Win. On Monday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said of Griffin, "It's his job to worry about his position, his footwork, his fundamentals, his reads, his progressions, his job at the quarterback position. It's my job to worry about everybody else. And, yes, everybody else needs to improve. There's no question about it. But it’s not his place. His place is to talk about himself, and he knows that. He just elaborated a little bit too much.”
Griffin "focused on San Francisco" phrase was similar to Bill Belichick's repeated vow that the Patriots were "On to Cincinnati" earlier this season and Cam Newton's promise to focus on the Detroit Lions and "Donkey Kong Suh."
The press deflection technique reached its peak before the season even started though with the Houston Texans' Arian Foster responding to every question at a training camp presser by saying he was "trying to be the best teammate I can be."
- Brendan Maloy